Discussion paper

Review of the Radiocommunications Act 1989: discussion document

30 Jul 2014

This discussion document sets out the key issues being considered as part of this review of New Zealand's Radiocommunications Act 1989, the first substantial review since the mid- 1990s.

Introduction: The last substantial review of the Radiocommunications Act 1989 (the Act) was undertaken in the mid-1990s with amendments to the Act passed in 2000. Subsequent amendments have been either minor in nature or designed to address specific issues as they arose. This review takes a more comprehensive look at the Act and the current regulatory regime. This discussion document sets out the key issues being considered as part of this review.

The objectives of the review are to:

1. Review the effectiveness of the provisions of the Act to:
a. avoid the creation of licences that result in interference
b. resolve interference issues.

2. Assess whether there is a need for different legislative provisions to deal with anti-competitive behaviour.

3. Review how spectrum rights are technically defined and consider if these definitions should be updated to:
a. provide greater certainty
b. ensure they remain appropriate for current and future technology changes.

4. Assess the benefits of establishing a legislative regime providing for the regional subdivision of management rights.

5. Consider whether there is a need to amend the Act to accommodate new spectrum sharing technologies.

6. Assess whether there should be greater alignment between the

The Ministry wants to hear your views on any of the issues raised in this document or on any other topics related to the Act that you wish to put forward.

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